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June 26 2012

3:45 PM

Hoffman puts stumble behind him

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Charley Hoffman finished double bogey-bogey to lose a late lead last week at the Travelers Championship.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM BETHESDA, Md. -- Two days after blowing a two-stroke lead with two holes to play at the Travelers Championship, Charley Hoffman still managed a smile as John Mallinger gave him a playful hug on the practice green at Congressional Country Club. “I just didn’t execute,” said Hoffman, who hit his tee shot into the water and made a double bogey on the penultimate hole at TPC River Highlands before a bogey on the 18th to finish one shot behind winner Marc Leishman, who was already in the clubhouse. “I wouldn’t say it was pressure or lack of preparation. I just didn’t hit good golf shots the last two holes.” Hoffman hasn’t seen a replay of the event and doesn’t play to, though he admitted the final bogey was the toughest to swallow. “The 18th I consider that a birdie hole for me,” he said. “Making bogey there was pretty disappointing. I got a little quick (with my driver) and when all is said and done if I had to do it over again I would’ve tried to slow it down.” He wasn’t able to, though, and hit his tee shot into the rough before catching his approach thin and leaving it in a greenside bunker on the short side of the pin. Hoffman had a 17-foot downhill putt for par but left it short. “You don’t want to leave a putt to win short, but I was trying to hit the putt the same as I would first hole as the 72nd hole and trying to give it enough speed to go in the hole,” Hoffman said. “Mentally I know what I did wrong; I didn’t hit the putt hard enough, but in the end it shouldn’t be in that position. “Mentally, I was there. I was trying to make birdie to win the golf tournament. I just hit every shot bad -- bad drive, bad second shot, bad bunker shot, bad putt. It happens.”
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